PLA River Thames high-tech survey vessel named

The new boat, named Thame, will use the latest technology to detect potential danger and ensure that the River Thames is safe for vessels

Deputy Mayor of London for Transport Heidi Alexander, has named the latest addition to the Port of London Authority (PLA) fleet of vessels that survey the bed of the tidal River Thames.

The craft, named Thame, covers the stretch of the river that extends from Richmond in Surrey to Gravesend in Kent. It is used to ensure that the river – the UK’s busiest inland waterway and second biggest port – is safe for freight and passenger vessels, as well as recreational boaters.

Thamedeploys state-of-the-art sonar, laser and photographic equipment to map the river’s ever-changing contours and identify potential artefacts and hazards that may be hidden in its bank, jetties and walls. The new boat is also available for commercial work

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